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Tess Gerritsen: Girl Missing

I wasn’t aware of the fact that T. Gerritsen wrote romance with a dash of crime before becoming such a great crime thriller writer. Probably because I only got to know her through the Rizzoli and Isles series.

But when the chance presented itself to read one of her early novels being re-published under a new name (through NetGalley), I leaped at the chance because I love her writing.

And I wasn’t sorry. I inhaled the book in one go (during one long evening, ending up very tired at work the other day). 😉girl missing

“A beautiful young woman’s corpse is found dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now laid out in the office of medical examiner Kat Novak is an unidentified body that betrays no secrets—except for a matchbook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Kat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the streets, using a deadly drug to do his dirty work. The police are skeptical. The mayor won’t listen. One of the town’s most prominent citizens, with a missing daughter of his own, is also Kat’s chief suspect. As the death toll rises, Kat races to expose a deadly predator who is close enough to touch her.”

A huge plus for the novel is the fact that even though you follow the story and understand why (at some point) the stuff is happening, until the last moment you aren’t exactly sure who is responsible. I hate being able to guess in advance who the killer is.

And then a love story being woven into it is basically what gets me hooked on a book every time.

Even though you can tell it’s one of the earlier works, the characterizations are much better in later books.

That said, if you are a fan of Tess Gerritsen, you won’t be sorry you picked up this book. The quick pace, the thrilling crimes and facing obstacles to gain love, well, it’s all there. 😉

Isabella Bradford: A Wicked Pursuit

Like I said, time for romance. This time of the historical variety. And quite lovely too.

From my obviously feminist perspective a guy falling for a girl only after he got to know her so well wicked pursuit(before he thought he should marry her very much better looking but rather vapid sister) is a bit difficult to swallow but it worked in this novel.

In his defense, he is rather young and full of himself and didn’t know better but luckily for Gus (Augusta) he came to his senses. Well destiny interfered and his ego got the rather needed deflation.

But it’s actually such a cute love story to read full of funny and sometimes heart-wrenching twists. the best thing is that Gus is such a brave little thing, confronting all her problems, not running away from them, that is so rare and I loved her for it.

She is also a person who deals with her problems from a loving point of view and it works.

It was great fun seeing Gus and Harry fall in love.

Now there are two more free brothers left in the Breconridge family…


“As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.

Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.”

Sarah Morgan: Sleigh Bells in the Snow

It’s that time of year when I just love curling up with a romance book and enjoying my evenings at home.

And doesn’t this title sound like just the thing for such an evening? It certainly does.

I loved the chemistry and the budding love story between Kayla and Jackson, but I especially enjoyed the fact that it’s Kayla’s journey of life, coming free of the psychological burdens of her childhood, all with sleigh bellsthe help of a gorgeous, smart guy (I wouldn’t mind doing the same if Jackson was there beside me). 😉

The story is set at the week leading to Christmas, in as perfect setting as one can imagine for it, Vermont (well, I imagined it as perfect while reading the book).

The best thing about this book (if we ignore the sizzling chemistry that you will feel while reading it – incredible!) is that the end is realistic. 🙂

The rest of characters are fun to be around, and since Jackson has 2 brothers, I’ll be visiting Vermont (virtually) again it seems. 🙂

“Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?”

This is what I think it must look like in Vermont

This is what I think it must look like in Vermont

She’s like the wind

I guess everyone has heard by now that Patrick Swayze died after giving a good fight against pancreatic cancer and having a positive outlook all that time (something I can’t help but admire).

It feels right today to remember one of the first memorable actors of my life and the beginning of my love of love stories. When I finally got my hands on the Dirty Dancing video tape (I believe I was around 12-13), I watched the movie every day. For several weeks. 🙂 So, one could say I got to know it. I remember being fascinated by the dancing and the fact that love can be so great, terrifying and generous. My love of romance was starting. And I remember dancing to the movie and crying when the song from today’s title was playing (when he is leaving her after losing his job). One would think after seeing the movie for I don’t know how many times, it would eventually stop, but no. 🙂 Even watching it today, that scene still brings tears to my eyes. As well as hearing the song. It is one of my favorites of all times and it is the one written by Patrick Swayze and the only one he is performing in the movie.

Honestly, even after all these years, I still want to be the girl from that song. 🙂

And btw, it is just starting on the radio I’m listening today.

So, today is not about books or perfume but I still believe it is fitting because Patrick Swayze and Dirty Dancing were the reason I begun reading romance novels.

Rest in peace.

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